posted on Apr, 8 2003 @ 02:23 AM
Daniel also described the four kingdoms as predatory animals:''And four great beasts came up from the sea, each different from the other.
The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings.
Iwatched till its wings were plucked off; and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man's heart was given
'''And suddenly another beast, a second, like a bear.
It was raised up on one side, and had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. And they said thus to it:''Arise , devour much flesh!""
After this I looked, and there was another, like a leapord, which had on its back four wings of a bird. The beast also had four heads, and dominion
was given to it.
'''After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong.
It had huge iron teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the redidue with its feet.
It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns.
''''I was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked
out by the roots[Rome: final form of fourth world empire].
And there ,in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of man,and a mouth speaking pompous words'''(Daniel 7: 3- 8 )
general agreement as to the world empires which theses beasts represent.
The first is considered to be Babylon, the second Medo-Persia,the third Greece and the fourth Rome.
In Daniel's vision it is the fourth beast which represents the condition of the world when the grim events of the end times are to unfold.
This beast is much different from the preceding ones.
It is indomitable and ruthless, without self-restraint. The
forth beast, like the fourth kingdom, describes a world that has rejected God and truth.
So unnerving.so profoundly abnormal was the vision of this society and it's leader that Daniel begged God for clarification:''''Then i wished to
know the truth about the fourth beast, which was different from all the others, exceedingly dreadful.....and the ten horns that were on its head, and
the other horn which came up, before which three fell, namely, that horn which had eyes and mouth which spoke pompous words, whose appearance was
greater than his fellows.
""I was watching; and the same horn was making war against the saints,and prevailing against them, until the Ancient of Days(satan)came, and ....he
said: ''The forth beast shall be a forth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all the other kingdoms, and shall devour the whole
earth,trample it and break it in pieces.
The ten horns are ten kings(or rulers) who shall rise after them; he shall be different from the first ones, and shall subdue three kings'''(Daniel
7 : 19- 24 )
Saint Hippolytus (d. 236) declares the ''little horn'' of Daniel's vision to be the Antichrist:'''And amid these another little horn shall
rise, which is that of Antichrist''
He will be a deceptive leader who will at first appear meek, then ruthlessly extinguish his enemies until he overpowers the entire world .Antichrist
is thus predicted to reign at the end of the Roman kingdom.
Saint Cyril of Jerusalem wrote that the ''Antichrist is to come when the times of the Roman empire shall have been fullfilled, and the end of the
world is now drawing near'''.
But how can this be understood in modern times, since the Roman empire apparently '''fell '''centuris ago?
''Since Rome had come to be identified with the last of the four world empires symbolized by the statue of the second chapter of Daniel, her empire
was meant to endure down to the end of the world'''.
'''Roman Empire'' from a merely political/administrative entity into a spiritual monarchy.....since the Antichrist will have as his mani task the
goal of attracting the people away from Christ, he therefore will not arrive if monarchy is still in control.
The Ten Horns......
The image of a beast with ten horns appears also in the New Testament.Saint John the theologion records this vision:'''Then i stood on the sand of
the sea.And I saw a beast rising up out of the the sea,having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous
name.Now the beast which i saw
was like a leapord,his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion.The dragon gave him his power, his throne , and great
authority'''(Revelation 13 :1 , 2 )
The beast is to receive his earthly support from these ten kingdoms, which will be of '''one mind'''with him.
''And the ten horns which you saw on the beast,these will hate the harlott, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire.For
God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are
fulfilled''' (Revelation 17: 16 , 17 )
Lactantious, a fourth century scholar,prophesied that the Antichrist would come to power by means of warfare and conquest:Asword will travel through
the world cutting down everything and laying all things low like a harvested crop.
There will be no end of deadly wars until ten kings(rulers) will emerge simultanesly.They will divide the world to destroy and not to govern
''''Then a mighty enemy from the far North will suddenly rise up against them.
When he has destroyed the three who controll Asia he will be taken into alliance with the others and will be made their chief.He will afflict the
world with unbearable tyranny....and will work for things abominable and accursed.'''
Contemporary writer Archpriest Boris Molchanoff offered this wartime scenerio:''''It is entirely possible that [Antichrist] will begin his
activity during a world war, when nations, enduring all the horrors thereof, will envision no other escape from a calamitious deadlock, for all the
hidden levers for the resolution of the war will be in the hands of a secret society assisting the Antichrist.
Antichrist will set forth a plan for the resolution of the world-wide crisis which will be most felicious from the point of view of political and
social wisdom-the estasblishment of a unified political and social order on a universal scale.
Exhausted from the shock of war,spiritually blind humanity will not only fail to perceive this scheme as an insidious trap for itself, designed to
lure it into inescapable and merciless bondage,but, on the contrary, will acknowledge it as a work of scholaship and genius.''''
Although Antichrist will be a man, he is described
in Saint John's vision as arising from the sea,and
receiving power from a dragon.
The sea is understood to represent mankind, and the dragon clearly refers to Satan.'''''Almost all interpreters understand[that Antichrist
]........... comes out of the ''sea of life''',that is in the midst of the human race
which is agitated like a sea''', wrote Archbishop Averky......'''''He will not an an incarnate devil as some have thought, but a man .....This
authority he will receive with the help of the dragon or the devil............
It is provocative to examine history and contemporary events in search of the fulfillement of these colossal prophecies.
They are given, after all, for instruction and admonition,lest'''''''That Day come on you unexpectedly'''(LUKE 21 :34 ).
Yet Christians should remember that Satan also knows the Scriptures!
He tempted Christ with them, saying,''''''It is written: ''hE SHALL GIVE hIS ANGELS CHARGE OVER YOU '''.(Mathew 4 : 6 )
As skakespeare pointed out,'''The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.''''
The evil one is well aware of all that the Bible has to say about him and, as he is more subtle and clever than the mind of man can fathom, he will
almost certainly full fill scriptural prophecies in some unexpected way.
Christians must guard against assigning interpretations based on fallen human reason, or confidently assuming that '''Y'' is impossible
because''X'''' has not happened yet.
all above text is taken from ''''''''ULTIMATE THINGS""" BASED ON EARLY FATHERS PROPHECY .........by Dennis .E. Engleman............